Tackiness and Lite Steam A Seam 2®
1. Buy the Steam A Seam 2 Lite® on the roll. In my classes, we have found that the sheets in the packages seem less tacky and are more difficult to get to stick to the fabric.
2. Be sure to wash all fabrics before using Lite Steam A Seam 2 as it will then stick to the fabric better.
3. If the Lite Steam A Seam 2 will not stick to a particular fabric, then layer (sandwich) the fabric, with fusible, with one side of the paper removed (sticky side against the back (wrong side) of the fabric), and the other piece of release paper still in place.
Place this sandwich on your ironing board and quickly run an iron, set on medium heat, over the fabric side of the sandwich. Check to see if the Steam a Seam is sticking to the fabric. If not, then repeat this procedure.
Be careful to not allow the iron to stay in one place too long or the fusible will melt and stick to the paper and the fabric and be a mess!
4. Instead of pins, use Wonderclips (see picture below), or a similar product. The problem with pins is that they will get a sitcky residue on them and then will leave black glue dots on lighter fabrics!
Fusing Lite Steam A Seam 2®
5. Use steam when fusing for effective fusing.
6. Fusing requires a lot of time (30 sec per section). If you have multiple layers it will take even longer. I fuse from the front and again from the back of the fabric.
7. Be sure that the faceplate of your iron is clean. You don’t want black marks on your art!
8. If when you are stitching and your sewing machine needle gets too gummed up, try going back to the fusing phase.
9. You can clean your sewing machine needle with rubbing alcohol. Put some on a piece of paper towel and rub the needle.
10. Use the right size needle for the thread that you are using. I tend to use finer threads 60 wt to 100wt). The advantage is that the finer needle size leaves smaller holes too.
I hope that these tips help you out when using Lite Steam A Seam 2 ®.